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Thursday, August 22, 2013
Around the NFC South

By Pat Yasinskas

Time for our morning run through the top headlines from around the NFC South:

ATLANTA FALCONS

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora has switched jersey numbers. Umenyiora, who wore No. 72 while playing for the New York Giants, now is wearing No. 50. Linebacker Pat Schiller had been wearing No. 50, but Umenyiora bought Schiller dinner as an incentive to make the switch.

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Scott Fowler points out that the Panthers have scored just one touchdown with quarterback Cam Newton on the field this preseason. That’s why it’s important for Newton to put on a good show in Thursday night’s preseason game with Baltimore. Preseason games are meaningless, but it still would be nice to see Newton and the offense get into a rhythm.

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Running back Travaris Cadet, who is fighting for a roster spot, said he has to put his two fumbles against Oakland in the past. Cadet didn’t do himself any favors with the fumbles, but he still has  chance to make the roster.

Nakia Hogan points out that undrafted rookie defensive end Glenn Foster has been one of the biggest surprises of the preseason. He leads the team with three sacks and has a chance to stick around as a backup.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Gil Arcia writes that strong safety Mark Barron is prepared for a big season. I think that’s a good possibility. With the arrival of Dashon Goldson at free safety, I think Barron will spend more time in the box, where he’s at his best.